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#13621 The Language Of The Web

Posted by Riddikulus on 10 February 2018 - 02:26 PM


Memes are like the old propaganda art from the past...
'Agitation propaganda'
Building a better tomorrow
Using a single drawing and a few sentences of text--the same raw material used to create Marmaduke--propaganda posters were supposed to influence the way people thought about their government and even their fellow man. As the below collection of posters demonstrates, no matter how unsuccessful the poster, propaganda is invaluable at teaching two timeless lessons: Your government thinks you're stupid, and when faced with unreasonable expectations, some people will lose their shit in hilarious ways.
The message: And we've got the modest, one-bedroom apartments to prove it!
The Problem?



Static images and text. Yes, they work. But, there is always more...


When motion pictures and cinematography came along new avenues for psychological expression became available. Cutting and splicing film together to tell a story without dialog took much thought and experiments to perfect. A new form of attaching meaning to images presented to an audience began to took shape: The Montage.
Lev Kuleshov was the first to experiment in this technique using juxtaposition to form his examples. It involves assembling specific shots and connecting an emotion to it. 
Basically, an actor doesn't need to do anything. The film maker will use and expression on a face and then cut to another image to express a specific meaning.
Alfred Hitchcock explained it best. 
Kuleshov’s Effect: The Man behind Soviet Montage
It was in 1918 that Lev Kuleshov—film theorist, father of the Soviet Montage school of cinema, director of The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks (1924), political partisan, teacher—ventured a hypothesis. The hypothesis: the dramatic effect of a film was found not in the content of its shots but rather in the edits that join them together.
Kuleshov put his hypothesis to the test. Taking an expressionless long shot of the actor Ivan Mozzhukhin peering into the camera—presumably, because footage of the original experiment has been lost— he broke it into three parts. Then he intercut each practically-identical segment with three other shots—a bowl of steaming soup, an attractive young woman, and a child lying dead in a coffin. When he showed the segments to audiences and polled their reactions, they swore that Mozzhukhin’s expression had changed from piece to piece. When staring at the soup, Mozzhukhin was hungry; at the young woman, lustful; at the child, mournful.
Kuleshov tended to exaggerate the implications of these constructs: “it was not important how the shots were taken, but how these shots were assembled.” Alfred Hitchcock, decades apart and worlds away, called it “pure cinema,” when the montage gives rise to meanings that exist nowhere to the eye, but only in the mind. This interplay between montage, perception, and meaning has come to be known as the “Kuleshov Effect.”
The Five Editing Methods of Sergei Eisenstein
The first and most basic is metric editing, based on the length of a shot. It creates the tempo of the film.
The second editing method is rhythmic montage, based on both the length of a shot and the dynamics of the scenes. In other words, it also considers the rhythm of the action depicted.
Next is the tonal editing method, which focuses on the lighting, shadows, and colors of the edited scenes.
The over-tonal method combines the first three method in a holistic approach.
The last and most complex editing method, and Eisenstein’s favorite, is the intellectual method. It creates new meaning through editing by combining shots on the basis of a conceptual connection between them.
Building on the works of D.W. Griffith and the development of “continuity editing” in early film history, Soviet silent filmmakers would pioneer new innovative ideas about editing that moved film from an extension of theater into a mature and powerful artistic medium.
Going through the history of these magic light effects helps to understand where psychological priming comes from. Especially using imagery to create emotion into an audience. Today, the internet is able to encourage these effects with greater influence and ability.

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#11372 Humanity Wake Up Call From An Icon Of The Past

Posted by Riddikulus on 01 September 2017 - 01:51 PM

Charlie Chaplin!


One of my favorites.


He and many others formed the foundation for the power of movie magic upon the soul of all mankind.


:hangingfromastar:  :hangingfromastar:  :hangingfromastar:  :hangingfromastar:  :hangingfromastar:
It's interesting how the ideas created in the movies flow into the mind of pop culture. Those in the beginning of this age of flickering light new the value of the stars they created in the eyes of the people. Propaganda to keep people informed for both good or ill. The symbolic structures created in these moving images managed (and still do, better than ever) to instill the perfect form of mass hypnotism into the heart of society. Never before had such a medium of general programming been possible. 
Silent film had more communication power over a wider range of diversity. It communicated in any spoken language; crossing all culture barriers. Where ever a screen could be set up one could see a single world view through the gates of moving time. Giving it strength to tell a story to inspire anyone from anywhere. Everybody knew who Charlie Chaplin was. No dubbing required.

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#11168 Rhetorical Devices Used in Literary Logic

Posted by Riddikulus on 11 August 2017 - 10:11 AM

Idioms are figurative devices used to convey something literal in a more ornate way. They can add subtle meanings in both good and bad expressions. Idioms are two or more words used to describe a clearer sense of coherence. As always cultural differences do apply. Metaphorically, the quality of the idiom is a matter of degree. Idioms are shorter ways of expressing a complicated idea and they bring clear mental images to the mind. Idiom use in quality news reporting is limited but are common in advertisements and promotional materials. Tabloid press magazines and bombastic alternative news outlets use idioms constantly.  
Idiom Site
An alphabetical listing of common idioms

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#11167 Rhetorical Devices Used in Literary Logic

Posted by Riddikulus on 11 August 2017 - 10:00 AM







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#10788 Rhetorical Devices Used in Literary Logic

Posted by Riddikulus on 17 July 2017 - 05:00 PM

Bathos is a comedy technique using ludicrous metaphors to garner an emotional response in a serious topic. This term was created to relate an amusing anecdote, often vulgar, in a serious situation. It comes from the Greek meaning 'depth'. When used intentionally it creates contrast and comic relief in an anticlimactic fashion. The juxtaposition of ideas creates the humor.

Originally this term was created to lampoon errors in other writers styles and techniques...a sort of grammar nazi. It abruptly changes the pathos by pointing out polished prose from pretentious poets and word smiths. Falling into stupid imagery and phrasing to describe an idea is usually regarded as bathos.

Changing the mood from serious to silly is an old technique. Aristophanes, a satirical Greek play write, used bathos effectively by including absurd vulgarities in his scene descriptions to change the mood of his audiences.


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#10166 Rhetorical Devices Used in Literary Logic

Posted by Riddikulus on 15 June 2017 - 03:58 PM

Reductio ad Absurdum


Showing an argument as absurd by how ridiculous the logical consequences are is called Reductio ad Absurdum. It breaks down ideas into a satirical sense of ridiculous display. They differ from an appeal to ridicule in that they include a logical explanation for the absurdity. An appeal to ridicule does not include an argument to display a satirical scene.

Reductio ad Absurdum is used to pick out the flaws within an opposing argument. If done correctly they expose foolish behavior from original assumptions. They are often used as triggering mechanisms because they tend to draw out an emotional response.




For more on devices used in humor....




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#9923 Rhetorical Devices Used in Literary Logic

Posted by Riddikulus on 03 June 2017 - 03:20 PM

Shall we speak of hubris this morning?


This is a literary concept designed to show a characters ignorance and pride. These types of characters usually have over inflated egos. They hold positions of power that cross examine their own moral codes and they usually break them and form new ones. They delight in causing shame in others just for the fun of it. Revenge is not hubris. Hubris is when one thinks themselves better than another. Sometimes it becomes so great as to leave an individual thinking he is equal to god. Always leading the character to try and defy nature and bring about destruction for everyone concerned.




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#9704 Rhetorical Devices Used in Literary Logic

Posted by Riddikulus on 23 May 2017 - 01:43 PM




I like Homophones. These are words with different spellings and meanings but sound the same. Like 'soul' and 'sole'.


They're different from Homographs: which are words that are spelt the same but have different meanings. Like 'spring' which means 'to jump' or a season





Then we get to Oronyms, which is apparently a word invented by Gyles Brandreth, and quite frankly I wouldn’t put it past him. An Oronym is a sequence of words that sound the same as another, with endless comic possibilities. The brain hears speech not as individual words but as an overall flow which it has to try to interpret, and what with accents and mispronunciation and slang, it’s hardly surprising that occasionally we get it wrong.

“The stuffy nose can lead to problems.”

“The stuff he knows can lead to problems.”

Actually, by far the best example I can give of Oronyms at work is the Four Candles sketch by the Two Ronnies.




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Posted by Riddikulus on 28 November 2016 - 05:49 AM

Spreading black plague

For years people have been complaining of waste running down the rivers in America. Doing some research in my own state reveals much behind the curtain of politics we all face today. The great show on the major media hardly touches the real concerns facing the infrastructure of our country today.


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#6995 The Writing is on the Wall

Posted by Riddikulus on 10 September 2016 - 01:32 AM

This sort of leads into something like graffiti trolls. I wonder if spammers count as artists of a kind? Like cyber trolls spray painting bullshit everywhere. Graffiti to push products...more to push agendas. The meme makers creating effective devices of all sorts to garner public emotion swinging their preconceived plans of disinformation. The modern day tagger marking their territory like dogs pissing on trees.

Sometimes graffiti can be real ugly.


Graffiti As Vandalism, Not Art

Living through the graffiti era of the 1970’s and 1980’s New York was to live through the height of urban blight.

Yes, the graffiti “artists” shown in the MCNY exhibition were talented. But these “artists” in the exhibition made up a small percentage of the people that defaced and destroyed public property. They represent the few that had some artistic talent, however misdirected it might be. It is the criminal act of graffiti, one of public vandalism that the public should truly find deplorable.



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#6394 How to Orchestrate a Murder

Posted by Riddikulus on 16 July 2016 - 12:30 PM

Good story!


It's funny how synchronicity occurs from time to time. Especially when any group of birds pays to attention to you paying attention to them.






It's interesting how the different species of birds inter-relate with one another. The sunrise today revealed a reflection on this. As soon as the sun peaked up a hawk landed on the ground in front of me. Beautiful bird up close. He took a moment to look about then proceeded to peck at some seeds on the grass before flying off in a flowing graceful way. He flew right through the trees up to a higher vantage point. The wind of his passing made the leaves rustle through the sunlight. Beautiful, glittering movement of shadow and light. He reached the peak to survey the surroundings and began his own distinct call. Of course, his mate was around and soon her response was audible. Loud and clear...

Yes, yes the crows were around too. They always are. Watching everything. They made their presence known. The rhythm of their chatter is a beat all its own. They always start off with the single and double call rhythm. Sort of binary in a way. That call and response thing. Until one of them finds something interesting and lets the others know with their differences in tone and number of caws.

It was cool because it seemed they were saying good morning to one another. The crows landed on the higher points of view to see the morning surroundings also. Sharing the perches with the two bigger birds. Letting each other know about what the morning looks like. Eyeing around for breakfast...

Which reminds me...



:tongue: :smile: :blush:

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#5790 The Philosophy of Humor

Posted by Riddikulus on 06 June 2016 - 01:12 PM

More information on the subject:


What is humor? An attempt at definition.


Psychology in general has been interested to greater or a lesser degree (rather lesser) in humor for over 100 years now (beginning with Freud’s Jokes and their relation to the unconscious in 1905) and the last twenty to thirty years shown a real outbreak of numerous humor research and theories. However, the scientific study of humor has never made it to the mainstream, which could perhaps help its consolidation and the quantity of different approaches and ways scholars operationalize humor makes it difficult if not impossible to present a one, universal definition.




The Hidden Power of Humor


Used as both a shield and a weapon, humor has the power to soothe the most wounded and threaten the most evil. These qualities speak to its inherent potential — a potential that has not yet been entirely tapped or even recognized. Holocaust survivor Emil Fackenheim said, “We kept our morale through humor,” and many other survivors of the Holocaust, POW camps, torture and abuse have shared his sentiment. The stories of these survivors and findings of modern medical research support the notion that humor is an extremely effective tool for managing our advanced awareness and for creating new perspectives to cope with otherwise unbearable environments or circumstances.



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#4784 Improve Your Memory with Mnemonic Devices

Posted by Riddikulus on 11 March 2016 - 11:43 AM

Do you have problems with memory retention and recall? Memory can be tricky. Many times leading questions and other mind tricks can get people to believe in 'false memories'. These can be used against you. Practicing mnemonics may help mitigate false memories by helping you with techniques to help recall good information.

'Mnemonic' is another word for memory tool. Mnemonics are techniques for remembering information that is otherwise quite difficult to recall: A very simple example is the '30 days hath September' rhyme for remembering the number of days in each calendar month.

The idea behind using mnemonics is to encode difficult-to-remember information in a way that is much easier to remember.



Many types of mnemonics exist and which type works best is limited only by the imagination of each individual learner. The 9 basic types of mnemonics presented in this handout include Music, Name, Expression/Word, Model, Ode/Rhyme, Note Organization, Image, Connection, and Spelling Mnemonics.


Here's a link to a pdf document on different forms of mnemonic devices.


Why are mnemonic memory devices so important?




This video gives the gist of some simple techniques to try for yourself.


Acronyms make great devices, too!






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#3705 Dante's Divine Internet

Posted by Riddikulus on 01 January 2016 - 06:33 PM

Thought ya'll might like to travel the travails of comedy divine...





Wrestling with the inner/outer self.

Value of the guide becomes irrelevant in the end.

Decisions of the self increase....
Chiasmic Triple tercet of tactics.

Plus random structures of context and images.

Song sssStructure:  ABA BCB CDC DED CDC BCB ABA

Rhyme and reason; rejection is hell.
Blaming Everyone, but yourself.
It gets better, once you get rolling...
Try not to assume so much along the way.


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#3221 The Quest for Divine Authority

Posted by Riddikulus on 07 December 2015 - 01:37 PM


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